Georgia has is an industry-favorite location for producers looking to film TV and movie projects, with the likes of Netflix and Disney regularly opting to film in the state.
But, as Georgia finds itself at the center of controversy following its "heartbeat bill" anti-abortion law, US studio, Netflix, has threatened to pull the plug on production in the state - making them the only Hollywood studio to speak out about the bill.
Many Hollywood stars have refused to film and produce in the state if the bill is to go through, but Hollywood veteran Clint Eastwood seemingly hasn't been phased by the announcement. Read on to discover what is going to be filmed in the state, and Eastwood's plans for his upcoming production.
Netflix spoke out for the first time yesterday.The studio said that they will continue to film in the state but would "re-think" its investment there, should the bill come into effect. The bill would prohibit abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected - which can be as early as 6 weeks. Speaking to Variety, Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, said: "We have many women working on productions in Georgia, whose rights, along with millions of others, will be severely restricted by this law. “Given the legislation has not yet been implemented, we’ll continue to film there, while also supporting partners and artists who choose not to. Should it ever come into effect, we’d rethink our entire investment in Georgia."
Other studios remain silent...All other Hollywood studios, including Disney, did not comment on the bill when approached by Variety. The studio filmed their latest film, Avengers: Endgame, in the state.
Is Georgia the industry's new Hollywood?Huffpost notes that "A strong response from the entertainment industry could potentially hurt the economy of the state, which serves as a popular filming location for Hollywood due to its generous 30% tax credit program for film and television projects." According to the Film LA's report, in 2016, more major feature films were made in Georgia than in California, with the Georgia Governor, Nathan Deal, declaring 2017 as “the year of Georgia film".
So, which TV shows and movies are filmed in the state?
Conjuring 3Michael Chaves, hasn't revealed much his upcoming film, Farmiga teased its production by posting a picture to her Instagram showing her and co-star, Patrick Wilson's scripts, letting fans know that filming had started. Conjuring 3 will be hitting the box office in September next year.
AmbitionsDirected by Will Packer, scripted drama, Ambitions will follow one woman as she relocates to Atlanta, Georgia, and finds herself going head-to-head with some of the town's most powerful people. With a star-studded cast featuring the likes of Robin Givens (Riverdale), Brian J. White (Cabin in the Woods) and Essence Atkins (Half &Half), the drama is being described as "a multigenerational family saga". Ambitions will debut in June on The Oprah Winfrey Network.
BiggerWill Packer's new, scripted, half-hour comedy, Bigger, follows five thirty-somethings living in Atlanta who are all looking for love. Production for the show began in mid-April for BET and the team is currently holding a casting call for a restaurant scene.
Christmas On The SquareJust a year after the release of Dumplin, Dolly Parton fans can look forward to seeing more of the star's music on the big screen, as Netflix's upcoming Christmas musical, Christmas On The Square, features the best songs from the country-singing legend.
EncoreKristen Bell (The Good Place, Frozen) will be reuniting classmates from high school musicals and getting them to re-create their performances years on in Encore. The show, created by Jason Cohen, first aired as a one-hour special on ABC in December 2017 and saw Bell bring together the cast of the 1997 production of Into the Woods, but, the upcoming streaming service, Disney+, will be bringing the show back again.
Stranger Things season 3The highly anticipated third season of the popular Netflix Original, Stranger Things, is back this summer. Set in the '80s, the franchise follows the aftermath of the disappearance of a young boy. As both his mother and friends try to get him back, they discover that a dark government agency, and supernatural forces, plague the town. Season 3 of the show will air on Independence Day, 4 July.
Deadly CultsThe true-crime series investigates murder cases that have been linked to cults - featuring interviews with the investigators, former cult members, and family and friends of the victims. Deadly Cults is made up of 4, hour-long episodes that will each go behind the crimes to discover what drove these cults to kill. The series made its debut in February on Oxygen.
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Good Eats: The ReturnFood Network-regular, Alton Brown, is bringing back a new version of Good Eats for the first time since the show stopped seven years ago. Brown will be showing America how to perfect popular dishes and serve up a mix of simple and complex meals in the revamped version of the show.
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Say Yes to the DressThe TLC series, currently in its seventeenth season, takes a look at the work of the Manhattan-based bridal salon, Kleinfeld Bridal. Each episode follows the staff as they try to match a bride with the dress of her dreams.
Ozark season 3The popular Netflix drama, starring Jason Bateman as Marty Byrde, follows the character as he relocates his family from Chicago to a summer resort community in the Ozarks. The move is a conseqence of a money-laundering scheme gone wrong.
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Insatiable season 2Despite the controversy surrounding its first season, the Netflix original will be returning to our screens The backlash started before the first season had even aired, when the trailer was released in July last year, A petition, which gained over 100,000 signatures, even launched to get the show axed before its premiere, as the series was accused of fat-shaming. Insatiable follows Patty (Debby Ryan), who is bullied for her weight. She loses weight after having her jaw wired shut for 3 months and seeks revenge on her bullies. Netflix is yet to confirm an exact date for the release of season 2.
Live to TellProduced by Peter Berg, Live to Tell looks at the lives of people who have served on the front lines of U.S. special operation's forces missions. As well as first-person accounts, Berg uses archival footage and re-constructions to illustrate their harrowing stories.
Love & Hip Hop Atlanta Season 8The second instalment of VH1's Love & Hip Hop takes the show to Atlanta, following the lives of the hip-hop elite who are striving for success in the rap scene, while navigating family and friendship struggles. Season 8 of the show premiered in March on VH1.
Married to Medicine Season 7Married to Medicine follows the lives of socialite women in Atlanta who are either doctors themselves, or married to doctors. The show follows the women as they balance their personal lives, careers and family life, with the previous season featuring the infamous divorce drama which has seen one of the show's stars, Quad Webb-Lunceford, file for divorce from husband, Dr. Gregory Lunceford, after being married for 6 years.
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The OutsiderYes, another Stephen King adaption is coming to a screen near you. Based on the bestselling Stephen King novel, the HBO series, starring Ben Mendelsohn (Bloodline, Ready Player One), follows the investigation of the murder of a young boy. Though the air date has not been confirmed, producers have assured that it's "coming soon".
The Real WorldAfter a two-year break, MTV's The Real World, which first aired in the '90s, is returning with a new season filmed in Atlanta. The long-standing series follows seven strangers who share quarters in a building in West Hollywood. However, this time, the show will not be airing its 33rd season on MTV; it will, instead, be streaming on Facebook Watch.
Despite the controversy surrounding the bill, however...It's pretty clear that many haven't been put off doing their work.
The eighty-nine-year-old Dirty Harry star will go on to direct a movie in Atlanta.
via: Getty ImagesClint Eastwood, despite the dozens of celebrities and producers who have sworn off the state, doesn't seem to be phased by the matter.
Eastwood is bringing a rather liberal cast with him for his new movie.
via: Getty ImagesThe Ballad of Richard Jewell stars a pretty liberal cast, including the likes of Olivia Wilde and Jon Hamm.
"An excellent example of ignoring controversy..."
via: Getty ImagesAshley Bratcher, star of the pro-life movie, Unplanned, said to the Washington Examiner: "I think people like Clint Eastwood coming to Georgia and filming are an excellent example of ignoring the controversy and saying, ‘We can disagree with people and still be among them.’"
Filming is due to begin sometime this summer.
via: ShutterstockThe movie follows the story of Jewell, who worked as a security guard at Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park at the time of the July 27 bombing. These events killed 1 person, injured over one hundred, and marred the 1996 Olympics.
Eastwood considers himself to be a libertarian.
via: ShutterstockThe registered Republican has never been shy of making his political opinions known. In 2012, he famously gave a speech to an empty chair in reference to Barack Obama at the Republican National Convention in Tampa. He is no stranger to filming in Georgia, and it is clear that his plans to film in Atlanta will not be interrupted. Despite many holding their protests against the state, Eastwood is using his old-fashioned ways to carry out his work, regardless of the political interests that are currently being debated in the area.